McNish accident allows Pescarolo past

McNish accident allows Pescarolo past

Allan McNish ran off the circuit on lap 224 of Le Mans 24 Hours at Indianapolis corner, clipping the tyres with the front-right section of his ...

Allan McNish ran off the circuit on lap 224 of Le Mans 24 Hours at Indianapolis corner, clipping the tyres with the front-right section of his #2 Champion Racing Audi R8, and got firmly stuck in the gravel. He was running in a strong second place at the time.

#2 Champion Racing Audi R8: Frank Biela, Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro.
Photo by Tom Haapanen.

He gesticulated strongly at the marshals as his car was pulled back on to the circuit and he quickly rejoined the race. Sparks started to fly from the front-right of the car as the bodywork was rubbing along the ground and he understeered off the circuit as he toured round to the pits.

After an initial inspection in the pitlane he was pulled backwards into the garage for futher work to the suspension, which sustained damage in the impact, and the bodywork around the back of the car.

The #16 Pescarolo Sport Judd of Jean Christophe Boullion soon moved up to second place, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, to set about making up the two-lap gap to the leading Champion Racing Audi R8 of Tom Kristensen.

After 18 minutes the car left the garage and rejoined the race at the hands of Frank Biela in third place, three laps behind the Pescarolo of Boullion and one lap ahead of Jean-Marc Gounon in the Audi Playstation Team Oreca.

The accident was subsequently determined to have been caused by a tire delamination, causing McNish to lose contro of the car.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Jean-Marc Gounon , Emanuele Pirro